Greetings! By way of introduction, my name is Todd Macfarlane. My family and I live in Kanosh. I am a rancher, writer, property/natural resource attorney, concerned citizen, and property rights advocate. We have been in Millard County for 15 years.
The Republican Party is often said to be the “Party of Principle.” I am seeking nomination on the Republican Party Ticket for the office of Millard County Commissioner, Seat A.
People often ask me WHY I do a lot of the things I do. WHY, for example, do I stick my neck out, and ruffle feathers by speaking out? WHY do I care about how others are treated? WHY am I willing to challenge popular conventional narratives? And, WHY am I running for Millard County Commission?
There is only one reason: Because I believe in fundamental principles and values, and care deeply about how we are governed as a people.
WHY? Because, of all the things I hold most dear in life — including faith, family and property — there is nothing that I hold more dear than fundamental freedom. And in my lifetime I have witnessed the steady erosion of our fundamental freedoms, liberties, values, and inherent, unalienable rights, and associated opportunities – even right here in Millard County.
We now live in a time when basic fundamental liberties and values are under attack on every front – including right here in Millard County.
According to the Utah State Constitution: “All men have the inherent and inalienable right to enjoy and defend their lives and liberties; to acquire, possess and protect property; to worship according to the dictates of their consciences; to assemble peaceably, protest against wrongs, and petition for redress of grievances; to communicate freely their thoughts and opinions. . . No person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law. . . All laws shall have uniform operation . . . [and] Frequent recurrence to fundamental principles is essential to the security of individual rights and the perpetuity of free government.
According to the Utah State Republican Party Platform: “We believe government properly exists by the consent of the governed and must be restrained from intruding into the freedoms of its citizens. The function of government is not to grant rights, but to protect the unalienable, God-given rights of life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness.
Giving lip service to these principles is not uncommon, but actually putting them into practice is an altogether different story. Although there is plenty of other work to be done in Millard County government, those fundamental principles reflect my highest priorities.
WHY? Because the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. I want my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to have the same essential liberties, freedom and opportunities that I have enjoyed.
Based on my unique experience, observations and resulting perspective, I believe there are serious accountability issues in Millard County Government at a fundamental level — relating to transparency, even-handedness, due process, property rights, and fiscal responsibility — that no one else seems to be willing to address or do anything about.
I also believe that too much Millard County policy is driven by personality-based factors and considerations rather than sound principle. I have a track record for standing-up, speaking out, and challenging popular conventional narratives. Beyond addressing fundamental issues, I also have knowledge, experience and vision that can make a significant difference in the Millard County economy.
I know that actions speak louder than words. On that score, I am not turning over some kind of new leaf and suddenly trying to get involved. My record speaks for itself. I have had my sleeves rolled up getting involved for 10+ years. If you want to know more about my story, visit WWW.RANGEFIRE.US. As the Pledge of Allegiance says, I believe in “Liberty and Justice for All.” I advocate policy based on principle, not personality. And I have been persuaded that it is time to start trying to change that narrative from the inside rather than just from the outside. I ask for your vote to help me do that.
Like each and every other county official, Millard County Commissioners represent the ENTIRE county. Unlike the school district, and legislative and congressional districts, there are no representation districts or precincts in Millard County Government. Consequently, county commissioners are not elected by district, area or precinct. Millard County Commissioners are elected by the entire county, to represent the entire county, and all its residents – wherever they may live. That is the law, and that is what makes sense. Otherwise, county residents would be disenfranchised, and un-lawfully deprived of fair, equal and equitable representation.
I’ll conclude with a few questions: What do you think should Millard County’s policy priorities should be? Would you rather be have representation based on principle, or personality? Are local government and stewardship of fundamental freedom important enough to be treated differently than a high school popularity contest? WHY?
Again, if you want to know more about my story, who I am, what I have done, what I stand for, and my views about what Millard County’s policy priorities ought to be, I encourage you to visit WWW.RANGEFIRE.US Or, feel free to give me a call or send me a text at 435-255-1683. Or, send me an email: email@example.com. Or, you can follow me on Facebook. I’d love to visit with you.